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Groovy Green Greeting Cards

Groovy Green Greeting Cards

Consider these creative alternatives to conventional greeting cards that both you and the environment can appreciate. (The ideas are ordered from the least effort to the most effort.)

* Send E-Cards. Care2 offers a gigantic directory of options, and you will not waste a single tree.
* Send 100 percent recycled paper or tree-free cards made by environmental organizations like Defenders of Wildlife.
* Glue pictures from old cards onto homemade or store-bought recycled paper to create new cards.
* Glue pretty paper on the inside of old cards to cover previous writing–and send them again.

Make Beautiful Recycled Paper Out of Paper Shreds
Step 1: Cut junk mail into small shreds, soak it in warm water for about 2 hours, and blend it in a blender.

Step 2: Add small quantities of flowers, grass, and leaves for fun, color, and texture.

Step3: Spread it out on a flat, fine-holed, wire-mesh screen—use a rolling pin to flatten it.

Step 4: Smear a tablespoon of cornstarch over the paper to increase its strength.

Step 5: When it dries, you can use this paper as stationary, to decorate used boxes, or even to make holiday cards. (For an even prettier look, glue dried flowers on top of the paper.)

Read more: Green Gifts, Holidays, Life

By Kim Master and the Care2 staff.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:45PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:44AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

nice ideas, thank you

3:21PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Great tips.Thanks for sharing

1:36PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


1:36PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


1:07AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:34PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thanks Annie.

2:13AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thanks for the ideas.

2:42AM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:56AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011


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